Below are the details of the work to be covered by Year 6 during this term. You have already received a newsletter with details of important dates for the whole school, but we will send details of any events specifically for Year 6 during the term.
The children will study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts in Literacy, following our Pathways to Read and Write schemes of work. Listed are some of the main skills we will be developing this term.
We will study fiction and poetry books linked to the theme of World War 2.
Reading skills: make inferences from a text and justify these with evidence; make comparisons within and across books; and evaluate author’s language choice, including figurative language
Writing skills: write stories based on historical fiction, using ‘flashbacks’ as a story-telling technique; use expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information concisely; use passive
verbs; link ideas across paragraphs using a wide range of cohesive devices; and
integrate dialogue to convey character and advance the action in a story
We will study fiction and non-fiction books linked to the theme of animals.
Reading skills: distinguish between fact and opinion; identify and explain themes and
conventions; and summarise the main ideas from more than one paragraph.
Writing skills: write non-fiction texts in which the style is manipulated for a specific purpose and audience; use modals verbs and adverbs to indicate degrees of possibility; use brackets, dashes and commas to indicate parenthesis; and enhance meaning through selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary
Throughout the term, the children will also be developing their reading comprehension skills and learning new spelling rules.
During Year 6, the children will continue to follow the ‘Maths No Problem’ scheme. This term, we will consolidate and extend the children’s understanding of:
• numbers to 10 million,
• calculating with the four operations (+, -, x, ÷) with whole numbers,
• fractions (including calculations),
• decimals (including calculations),
and how the strategies learned can be applied to problem solving. They will use and apply their skills in order to solve a range of puzzles and investigations. The rapid recall of number facts will continue to play a large part in the daily maths lesson; please continue to help your child to practise their times tables (and related division facts) if they are not recalling the facts quickly.
We will begin by investigating how living things (including micro-organisms, plants and animals) are classified into groups, based on similarities and differences.
Secondly, we will learn about the key aspects of evolution and inheritance when we see how plants and animals have adapted to their habitats over millions of years. We will also look in more depth at scientists including Mary Anning and Charles Darwin.
Using PowerPoint, the children will learn how to prepare, refine and present multimedia presentations which have hyperlinks and sound and video clips embedded. They will learn how to interrogate websites so that they can collate accurate research. PhET simulations will be used to investigate natural selection in science. In addition, they will continue to develop their programming and coding skills, focusing on how variables affect an outcome, as well as keeping up-to-date with internet safety.
PSHE / RE
During this term, we will continue with our PSHE work using the ‘Jigsaw’ scheme. Through these lessons, they will explore issues based on ‘Being Me in my world’ and ‘Celebrating Differences’.
In RE, the children will study a unit of work on ‘Judaism’ as well as looking at Advent in the lead up to Christmas.
‘The basis of our curriculum in history is the enquiry ‘Why was World War 2 a significant turning point in history?’
This enquiry will build on the children's learning from Year 3, extending their understanding in concepts such as the reasons why the war started; the experience of people in our country; the global aspect of the war, including countries in the British Colonial Empire; and the impact of World War 2 on our country.
‘The basis of our curriculum in geography is the enquiry ‘How are we connected to the wider world?’ This enquiry will focus on the UK, China and the UAE: their land borders; the importance of transport links; each country’s economy and population; and the inter-connectivity between all three.
In art, children will practise their sketching and painting skills. We will look at the work of J.M.W. Turner and use his paintings as a stimulus for our own watercolour work.
Linked to our World War 2 topic, the children will be investigating the properties
of shelters. They will then design and make their own model of a shelter which would protect the user. The children will develop their skills working, firstly, with wood to build shelters resistant to a weight test, and secondly, will have to consider materials and joining techniques to withstand wind and water tests.
This term, children will explore the musical concept of theme and variations and discover how rhythms can ‘translate’ onto different instruments. As part of this work, we will compare and contrast different variations in the piece ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’ by Benjamin Britten.
The children will continue with their language skills in French this year. They will consolidate their basic conversational skills and develop their understanding of the written language through the theme of sport and the Olympics.
PE and ,Games
Year 6 will have their games sessions each Wednesday afternoon, during which they will develop their skills in netball and gymnastics.
The children will receive homework each week, details of which will be in their homework diaries. This will be set on a Friday, and is due in by the following Wednesday. Please could you ensure that they have their homework books in school every Wednesday. Having checked that their homework is complete each week, please sign the slip in their book, ready for them to hand in. We encourage the children to look at their homework over the weekend, so if there are any problems, they can come and ask us for help before it is due for completion each Wednesday.
We hope that you find this information useful
Teachers - Mrs Spivey, Miss Price, Mrs Mallon, Mrs McIlveen
Teaching Assistants - Mrs Roberts, Miss Bedson, Mrs Lewis, Mrs McDougall
Design Technology - Building Shelters
Year 6 designed and built Shelters as part of their
World War II topic.
Robinwood Activity Centre Presentation
ROBINWOOD ACTIVITY CENTRE
Year 6 enjoyed a fabulous three day trip to Robinwood where they took part in many fun activities.
Hope Journey at Greasby Methodist Church
Year 6 visited Greasby Methodist Church where they experienced several different immersive presentations about life during World War 2.